International Projects


Improving Methadone Maintenance Treatment Compliance and Outcomes in China
Yih-Ing Hser, Ph.D., Principal Investigator (yhser@ucla.edu)
Elizabeth Evans, M.A., Project Director

This study is a collaboration between the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP), the Shanghai Mental Health Center (Co-PI: Min Zhao, M.D., Ph.D), and the Yunnan Institute for Drug Abuse (Co-PI: Jianhua Li, Ph.D.). Motivational incentives (MI; a form of contingency management) have been well researched and proven efficacious by many studies conducted in Western countries. This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of using a MI intervention to reduce treatment dropout and opiate use in methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) in China. The study has two phases. The goal of the developmental phase is to adapt study protocols and assessment questionnaires to the local community via input from focus group participants and community advisory board members. The second phase is a pilot-test of the MI intervention in several MMT clinics located in Shanghai and Kunming and involving approximately 320 MMT patients. This project is scheduled to continue through July 2011.  For more information, visit http://uclaisap.org/InternationalProjects/html/china/index.html.

Improving Methadone Maintenance Treatment Compliance and Outcomes in China was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, grant 1 R21 DA025252, from August 2008 to July 2010.


Reducing HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse: Linking Compulsory Rehabilitation to Methadone Maintenance
Yih-Ing Hser, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Elizabeth Evans, M.A., Project Director

This project is a collaboration between the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) and the Shanghai Mental Health Center (Co-PI: Min Zhao, M.D., Ph.D) to develop and pilot-test a Recovery Management Intervention (RMI) program for heroin addicts released from compulsory rehabilitation in China. The study will explore the effectiveness of the intervention in improving the transition to the community and access to methadone maintenance treatment. Activities are scheduled to continue through August 2010.  For more information, visit http://uclaisap.org/InternationalProjects/html/china/index.html.

Reducing HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse: Linking Compulsory Rehabilitation to Methadone Maintenance was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, grant 1 R21 DA025385, from September 2008 to August 2010.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training Project in the Republic of South Africa (CBTTPRSA)
Solomon Rataemane, M.D., Medical University of South Africa, & Richard Rawson, Ph.D., Co-Investigators
&Jason McCuller, M.A., Project Directors

The goal of this project is to assess the efficacy of three training approaches on Republic of South Africa (RSA) clinicians' ability to adhere to the core elements of a research-based model for individual cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that is adapted for use in RSA. These methods include: (1) An in-vivo (IV) CBT program in which clinicians receive training and supervision from an expert trainer; (2) A distance learning (DL) training and supervision approach via a teleconferenced and interactive broadcast with the same expert trainer; and  (3) A self-instructional manual-only approach (MO). Results indicate that the IV and DL approaches resulted in superior CBT knowledge acquisition and significantly greater acquisition of CBT skills compared to the C condition, but there was no difference between the IV and DL conditions.  During the implementation phase, the IV condition produced a significantly greater frequency of CBT skill application than the DL condition, and the DL condition promoted more CBT application than the C condition.  The IV condition resulted in a superior level of CBT quality than the DL and C conditions.  Cost data indicate that the IV approach cost twice the DL approach and the DL approach cost 5 times the C condition.
(Additional information is available at www.uclaisap.org/InternationalProjects/html/cbttp/index.html.)

CBTTPRSA was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Grant DA019063 to Friends Research Institute, Inc. (September 2005 through June 2010).

Last Updated: 11/16/2011

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